VIERA, Fla. -- Manager Davey Johnson said that it's doubtful that first baseman Adam LaRoche will play Sunday against the Astros. Johnson admits to being cautious with his players during the start of Spring Training. LaRoche has experienced left ankle and shoulder problems, but appears to be getting better.
"I've been watching him and he feels good," Johnson said. "Talking to Lee [Kuntz, the team's athletic trainer], Adam needs a couple of more days. Maybe by Sunday, he will be able to play, but I doubt it."
LaRoche sprained an ankle running the bases in a drill on Tuesday. LaRoche also said that his left shoulder, which was surgically repaired last year, is still not 100 percent. He recently took a range of motion test, which he passed.